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William Hendricks papers

 Collection — Folder: S0636
Identifier: S0636

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection consists of letters written by William Hendricks, ranging from 1815 to 1850. His primary correspondents were N. D. Gallion, a lawyer in Brookville, Indiana, and William Gallion. There are also letters from Hendricks to Presidents Jackson and Polk. Most of the letters appear to be of a personal nature.


  • 1815-1850

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

William Hendricks was born on November 12, 1872, in Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Jefferson College in 1810, he taught school for two years. He studied law in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was admitted to the bar. In 1813, Hendricks moved to Madison, Indiana Territory, where he owned a printing press and became proprietor of the Western Eagle. He was elected to the territorial legislature in 1813 and 1814. He served as Secretary at Indiana’s 1816 Constitutional Convention. When Indiana became a state, Hendricks was elected to U.S. House of Representatives. He resigned during his fourth term to become Governor of Indiana. He held this post from 1822 until 1825 when he resigned to become a U.S. Senator. Hendricks served in the U.S. Senate from 1825 to 1837. After failing to win reelection, he returned to the practice of law in Madison, Indiana. Hendricks also served on the Board of Trustees for Indiana University (1829-1840). He died on May 16, 1850.


Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. Accessed February 3, 2006.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Allan Hendricks in 1916/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/02 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid created 2006/02 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid revised 2007/04 by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson; 2015/11/06 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.